Civil rights movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant civil rights movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, intense, dramatic and interesting films and TV shows about / with civil rights, runaway, storytelling, mentor, justice, culture clash, catastrophe, society, greed and courage plots mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres shot in USA, UK, Japan and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as civil rights: The Help (2011), The Secret Life of Bees (2008), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Milk (2008), The Best of Enemies (2019), Malcolm X (1992), Ali (2001), Bloody Sunday (2002), Driving Miss Daisy (1989).

List of civil rights movies

The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, uplifting, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, maid, friendship, master and servant, civil rights, interracial relations, storytelling, writers, racial issues, racial segregation, blacks and whites, discrimination ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa, united states
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The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: civil rights, racism, friendship, teenage life, interracial relations, haunted by the past, family relations, runaway child, african american, social differences, teaching the ways of the world, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1964
Place: south carolina, usa
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Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.
Style: emotional, touching, uplifting, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: civil rights, butler, white house, u.s. president, blacks and whites, racism, injustice, historical character, prejudice, president, segregation, racial discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 50s, 70s, 60s ...
Place: washington d.c., usa, united states, nashville tennessee, south africa ...
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: heartbreaking, motivational, bleak, factual, brutal ...
Plot: slavery, racism, freedom, life is a bitch, interracial relations, torture, master and servant, civil rights, blacks and whites, american history, african american, confined ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
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Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the city and its people brought him backing from young and ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, discrimination, homosexual, politician, civil rights, election, protest, mayor, politics, gay slur, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973, year 1975, year 1970 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oklahoma, new york ...
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The Best of Enemies (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story of the real-life unlikely relationship between an outspoken civil rights activist and a local Ku Klux Klan leader in 1971 North Carolina.
Style: rough, psychological, sincere, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: interracial friendship, civil rights, human spirit, interracial relations, activism, human rights, righting the wronged, court, danger, aggression, racism, ku klux klan ...
Time: 70s, year 2016, year 1971, year 2005
Place: north carolina, usa
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Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 202 min.
Story: A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left ...
Style: epic, realistic, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: racism, civil rights, police brutality, politics, civil rights movement, tragic event, fighting the system, racial slur, african american, self discovery, police, islam ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1940s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, new york, harlem, africa, manhattan new york city ...
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Ali (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: In 1964, a brash, new pro boxer, fresh from his Olympic gold medal victory, explodes onto the scene: Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self-confidence and his ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sincere, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: boxing, civil rights, athlete's life, friendship, muslim, racism, african american, politics, comeback, human spirit, rise to the top, ambition ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1974 ...
Place: africa, usa, nigeria
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Bloody Sunday (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The dramatised story of the Irish civil rights protest march on January 30 1972 which ended in a massacre by British troops.
Style: bleak, rough, captivating, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: civil rights, state affairs, political unrest, fighting the system, social decay, society, protest, conflict, social problems, life is a bitch, irish, injustice ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe, england, california ...
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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story of an old Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan and her relationship with her colored chauffeur Hoke. From an initial mere work relationship grew in 25 years a strong friendship between the two very different characters in a time when those ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, witty, intense, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: elderly, master and servant, golden years, racial slur, civil rights, interracial relations, friendship, self discovery, chauffeur, african american, prejudice, social differences ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 1940s, 60s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, georgia, atlanta georgia
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Catch a Fire (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, UK, South Africa, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The true story of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa, and particularly the life of Patrick Chamusso, a timid foreman at Secunda CTL, the largest synthetic fuel plant in the world. Patrick is wrongly accused, imprisoned and tortured for an ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, police brutality, politics, civil rights, racism, apartheid, rebellion, fighting the system, political unrest, blacks and whites, social problems, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1991, year 1980
Place: south africa, africa
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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Japan has been invaded and conquered by the Britannian Empire. Japan is now known as Area 11 and its citizens known as Elevens. The Britannian Empire takes away Japan's autonomous power and imposes its rule through the use of Knightmares. The ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rebellion, supernatural ability, battles, prince, imaginary, military, vengeance, rebelliousness, young heroes, siblings relations, mind control, invasion ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan
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Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, United Arab Emirates, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Hard-nosed liberal lawyer Roman J. Israel has been fighting the good fight forever while others take the credit. When his partner – the firm’s frontman – has a heart attack, Israel suddenly takes on that role. He soon discovers some unsettling ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, captivating
Plot: lawyer, civil rights, courtroom, murder, lawyer client relationship, idealist, moral dilemma, court, execution, african american, money, briefcase ...
Place: los angeles
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Talk to Me (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music, War
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.
Style: realistic, sincere, inspirational, emotional, touching ...
Plot: radio, ex convict, civil rights, protest, african american, society, media, manager, ambition, cheating, friendship, prison ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: washington d.c., new york, usa, u.s. capitol building, los angeles ...
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Mississippi Burning (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, murder, sheriff, small town, racial slur, police brutality, civil rights, police, african american, police investigation, violence, discrimination ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, united states, southern usa
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Amazing Grace (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story of William Wilberforce's courageous quest to end the British slave trade. Although meeting intense opposition, his minister, John Newton, urges him to see the cause through.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, emotional, factual ...
Plot: slavery, politics, mentor, friendship, injustice, civil rights, politician, musician, debate, slave trade, freedom, hopes ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, victorian, 1780s, 1800s ...
Place: england, london, paris france, france, europe ...
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Ray (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern ...
Style: captivating, sincere, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician's life, jazz, musician, pianist, addiction, heroin, blues, civil rights, guilt, african american, music, rags to riches ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 70s, 60s, 30s ...
Place: usa, georgia, los angeles, san francisco, harlem ...
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Gettysburg (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
Story: Summer 1863. The Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania. Union divisions converge to face them. The two great armies clash at Gettysburg, site of a theology school. For three days, through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and ...
Style: epic, realistic, captivating, serious, exciting ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, battles, military, soldier, war, heroic mission, state affairs, military life, civil rights, battle zone ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, maryland
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Loving (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court.
Style: inspirational, melancholic, romantic, heartbreaking, thought provoking ...
Plot: interracial couple, interracial love, interracial marriage, marriage, civil rights, supreme court, racism, husband wife relationship, segregation, court, injustice, love ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s ...
Place: virginia, usa, washington d.c., australia
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When I Find the Ocean (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A little girl leaves home with her pet dog and rabbit to escape abuse and find the ocean in the hopes of feeling closer to her father who has passed away.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sincere, captivating
Audience: family outing
Plot: civil rights, dog, friendship, youth, pets, family life, estrangement, hopes, wilderness, child's point of view, family relations, mother ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: alabama, usa
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Selma (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: "Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, uplifting, factual ...
Plot: racism, politics, righting the wronged, justice, civil rights, human spirit, idealism, african american, fighting the system, discrimination, americana, racial segregation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963, year 1965 ...
Place: alabama, usa, boston
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Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Ghosts of Mississippi is a drama covering the final trial of the assassin, Bryon De La Beckwith, of the 60s civil rights leader Medgar Evers. It begins with the murder and the events surrounding the two initial trials which both ended in a hung ...
Style: thought provoking, talky, serious, sincere, factual ...
Plot: racism, courtroom, courtroom drama, civil rights, legal, activist, widow, life is a bitch, injustice, dedicated lawyer, righting the wronged, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 60s
Place: usa, mississippi, southern usa
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Lenny (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establisment as too obscene for the public.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, rough, toilet humor ...
Plot: stripper, fighting the system, rise and fall, against the rules, civil rights, drug abuse, ambition, lifestyle, showbiz, addiction, family problems, tragic hero ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 70s
Place: usa
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The Siege (1998)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The secret US abduction of a suspected terrorist leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York that lead to the declaration of martial law.
Style: rough, thought provoking, bleak, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, islam, martial law, fbi, civil rights, siege, working undercover, race against time, fighting the system, chases and races, reluctant partners, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, middle east, israel
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The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his girlie magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for ...
Style: semi serious, captivating, witty, factual, controversial ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pornography, porn magazine, courtroom drama, free love, millionaire, porn, against the rules, aids, legal, civil rights, lawsuit, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 50s, 1950s
Place: kentucky, usa, los angeles, beverly hills, ohio ...
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The Ernest Green Story (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Follows the story of Ernest Green, one of the Little Rock Nine who were the first blacks to integrate into an all white school.
Plot: civil rights, high school, school, teenage girl, teenage boy, racism, racist, courage, african american, physical abuse, white trash, student ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: arkansas
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family, History
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In the Summer of 1963, Flint, Michigan is home to the Watsons, a close knit family. When 15 year-old Byron’s antics go over the top, his parents realize enough is enough and they decide the family needs a dose of Grandma Sands' no nonsense ...
Style: captivating, realistic, sincere, humorous, semi serious
Plot: family relations, road trip, civil rights, social differences, americana, injustice, society, family gatherings, african american, family, on the road, family life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: alabama, usa, michigan
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District 9 (2009)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA, New Zealand, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Aliens land in South Africa and, with their ship totally disabled, have no way home. Years later, after living in a slum and wearing out their welcome the 'Non-Humans' are being moved to a new tent city overseen by Multi-National United ...
Style: serious, biting, suspense, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space and aliens, distopia, alien encounter, human nature, alien, chaos and mayhem, racism, transformation, manhunt, society, discrimination, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: south africa, africa
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Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: India
Duration: 122 min.
Story: On a calm summer day in 1991, in the bustling Lokhandwala Complex, five criminals including Maya and Dilip were counting 70 lakhs in flat no. 32 B, when 286 policemen, headed by ACP Khan, took strategic positions around their building. A gunfire ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police shootout, vengeance, gang, criminal underworld, dishonesty, fighting crime, society, police corruption, police investigation, police detective, rivalry, undercover ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1991
Place: asia, india, mumbai india
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Dead Presidents (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Depicts a heist of old bills, retired from circulation and destined by the government to be "money to burn". However, more broadly, it addresses the issues of Black Americans' involvement in the Vietnam War and their subsequent ...
Style: rough, serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heist, urban ghetto life, vietnam war, militant, redemption, soldier, friendship, mercy killing, post traumatic stress disorder, crimes, crime, civil rights ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, new york, usa, asia, bronx new york city ...
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